Importance of Being Earnest Book vs Movie

When novels are adapted to films, often writers and directors make changes, especially if the book was written a significant time ago. They make these changes to draw modern viewers in. Oliver Parker composed the adaption of The Importance of Being Earnest. His adaptation is accurate to the film. The only true adaptations are when … Read more

God Rama In Slumdog Millionaire

One of the scenes that most attracted the audience’s attention in the movie Slumdog Millionaire, a movie directed by Danny Boyle, is the scene in which the blue painted boy appears wearing and standing like God Rama. The movie won eight academic awards. It tells the story of eighteen years old boy, Jamal Malik, who … Read more

Models of political rebellion as displayed in 1984 and V for Vendetta

Problems faced by characters in literature often repeat themselves, and when these characters decide to solve these standard problems, their actions are often more similar than they first appear. This idea is evident when comparing the actions taken by Winston Smith in George Orwell’s novel 1984 and V in James McTeigue’s film adaptation of V … Read more

Life Of Pi: The Contrast Between Words And Visuals

Uniqueness is a struggle to find throughout literature, especially within recreations of previously published stories. Once a story is told, the originality begins to dissipate and the audience skews the story. Popular novels transforming into films can be altered as well. This is specifically noticeable in the critically acclaimed story, Life of Pi, originally written … Read more

Literary Review of the Haunted House

The short story “A Haunted House” is story with meaning, by portraying to us the treasure of life. When two ghosts are searching through their old house, looking for their “Treasure”, the treasure or meaning is revealed to us. The joy and love shared between two people is the treasure, the treasure of life. By … Read more

Defining and Defying Female Stereotypes: A Comparison of Charlotte Temple and Katniss Everdeen

In today’s society, women are frequently thought of as helpless “damsels in distress,” or that they must rely on a man to rescue them from difficult tasks. This stereotype is furthered by television, literature, and Hollywood. An article by Salma Yaqoob speaks of such stereotyping among Muslim women. She says, “The perception of Muslim women … Read more

‘Daffodils’ and ‘Composed upon Westminster Bridge’ Analysis

William Wordsworth himself once said, “Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings.” Wordsworth, like most romantic poets, had a strong attitude towards the rebellion against the industrial revolution and strove to revert back to the “bliss” of nature. He believed that by returning to nature, mankind would become unrestricted by the constraints imposed upon … Read more

Movie Review of Gattaca and Wall-E

Many humans have tried to predict the future of humanity. While the predictions of futurism are often vastly different, they often have a similar underlining. The feature films Gattaca and WALL-Ediffer in regards to the current state of the Earth, the physicality of humans, and the mentality of humans, but converge on the idea of … Read more

A Reflection of Being a Director in Catching the Big Fish, a Memoir by David Lynch

In his memoir Catching The Big Fish, David Lynch reflects on himself as a director. Additionally, he discusses various arts outside of cinema. Though he provides insight into his other arts, an analysis on how these arts overlap and influence each other is unfortunately absent. Lynch doesn’t provide description of his work but only describes … Read more

“The Archaeologist in the Cocoon” Analysis

Season 8, Episode 11: “The Archaeologist in the Cocoon”, episode of the show Bones, begins with the discovery of a body wrapped inside of a cocoon. This cocoon is hanging on a tree branch beside a man who was caught in the tree while skydiving. Dr. Brennan, Forensic Anthropologist for the FBI, states that the … Read more

Proverbs and False Comfort in Blindness

In Blindness, Jos? Saramago questions the morals innately present in human nature through characters who ignore or misuse the advice provided by sayings. By inserting old, vague, and contradictory proverbs, Saramago demonstrates that in bewildering times, sayings become a comfort rather than actual guidance. He criticizes the use of sayings when one doesn’t follow their … Read more

Sense and Sensibility and House of Mirth: How Society’s Expectation Define Relationships

Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility (1811) is a novel of society and manners, following two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, in their bids for love and marriage. Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth (1905) focuses on New York’s high society and the struggle of a well-born socialite, Lily Bart. Both novels explore the integral themes of … Read more

Codes and Conventions of Three Different Film Genres

This paper discusses critically the codes and conventions of three different genres of film and how they effectively communicate to an audience. You might wonder, “What is a film genre?” Well, simply put, a genre is a category/group of films characterized by a particular style, form or content (Merriam-Webster, 2018). The three groups/categories of films … Read more

Farley Mowat’s A Whale for the Killing, The People of the Deer, and Never Cry Wolf’s Depiction of the Significance of Naturalism

Farley Mowat’s three novels Never Cry Wolf (1963), The People of the Deer (1952), and A Whale for the Killing all agree on the role of naturalism, the plight of the animal, the commercialization of hunting, ruthlessness of man, and survival of the fittest. Mowat records that “my early years as a naturalist were free … Read more

Understanding Chicago, West Side Story, Miss Saigon, And Oklahoma Musical’s Political Significance

“Miss Saigon” is one of the world’s four most famous musical dramas, created by Claude-Michel Schoenberg and Alain Boublil. The story takes place during the Vietnam War and revolves around a romance between an American soldier and a Vietnam hostess, the heroine Kim, who sacrifices her life without hesitation for her child. As far as … Read more

Titanic: Love Story Of All The Time

Love or Lies? The RMS Titanic, known as the “unsinkable” ship, tragically went down in the middle of the ocean, leaving many to freeze in the icy waters. The boat may not have been unsinkable, but it was still the most extravagant adventure of the time. However, for the story to completely captivate viewers, the … Read more

Erik of the Phantom of the Opera and Heathcliff of Wuthering Heights as Byronic Heroes

The Byronic Hero is a variant of the Romantic Hero who possesses an “expression which indicates a mixture of contempt and gloom”[1] and whose behaviour is unpredictable, “moodily taciturn and violently explosive.”[2] However, the Byronic Hero has a redeeming characteristic or quality that earns him the title ‘hero.’ Leslie Fielder defines the “hero-villain as indeed … Read more

Grave of the Fireflies

Formalism is an approach which contains intrinsic properties and treats each work as a distinct or unique work of art. The historical context, the author, or any other external contexts are not necessary or important in interpreting the meaning (Barrot &Sipacio, 2016). It tackles more on the formal features of the text or story like … Read more

The Significance of Thomas Character

Thomas: The Game Changer Can one person really change everything? Well, in books they can. In the non-fiction novel by James Dashner, The Maze Runner, there are multiple boys stuck in a place called ‘The Glade’, they have no memory of who they are and who they once were, all they can remember is their … Read more

“Fight Club” movie review

When the movie “Fight Club” directed by David Fincher released on the 1st of January 1999 it opened to a somewhat disappointing business there was a widespread misjudgement that Fight Club was an action movie about underground bare-knuckle boxing contests Where in actuality, it’s a horror/thriller movie which literally begins in the fear-centre of its … Read more

Black Widow in Age of Ultron

Gray argues that the definition of a superheroine’s “hotness” is “the establishment of a delicate balance of both sex appeal and physical strength” (Gray 91). This definition is applicable to the superheroine Black Widow in the film Avengers 2: Age of Ultron (2015). Black Widow, or Natasha Romanoff (played by Scarlet Johanson), is a spy … Read more

The Cultural Allegories behind Twelve Angry Men

Twelve Angry Men is an allegorical play written by Reginald Rose in 1955. It depicts the way in which economic, social and cultural factors can have a significant impact on the process of justice. Rose encapsulates 1950s America through each of the 12 jurors, giving them back-stories relating to economic, social and cultural factors. Post-war … Read more

Henry David Thoreau’s Illustration of the Concept of Escape as Described in His Book, Where I Lived, And What I Lived For

The Escapists Expectations and standards rise up like mental bile, contributing to the mess of stress and confusion. Reality tends to lose its appeal when charred with anxiety and peppered with self-destruction. The bittersweet battle continues as the mind fights to cease its distortion complex against reality. In Where I Lived, and What I Lived … Read more

Gettysburg: Three Perspectives on the Movie

Imagine a movie that is suspenseful, historical, and full of action. In 1863, an epic event occurred in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania which was made in to a movie in 1992. This location is now visited by thousands of visitors and is considered a historical landmark. “Gettysburg”, the movie, featured an all-star cast that provided impeccable performances … Read more

The Theme of Race and Human Nature in Battle Royal

The analysis and depiction of how society treats its members is a much explored one today, yet the argument that society can be cruel and hateful was highly rejected at the time of these works’ publications, which is the argument that both Ralph Ellison’s “Battle Royal” and Shirley Jackson’s “Lottery” makes. For instance, “Lottery”, which … Read more

America Before Columbus – Film Critique Assignment

America Before Columbus is an informative history documentary that shows the life in Europe, prior to the European exploration, the Columbian exchange and its impact, and the conditions after the Columbian discovery of America. It does a wonderful job of putting basic factual information that is readily accessible in a different perspective. Usually, life prior … Read more